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Seattle Center Festál: Tết in Seattle – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, January 26 – 27

Embrace the cultures of the Pacific Northwest and cultivate love, peace and understanding of the communities that make up our region at Seattle Center Festál. On Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., join us for Seattle Center Festál: Tết in Seattle – Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion for a celebration featuring lion dances, firecrackers, martial arts, dance and visual arts.

Tết in Seattle – Vietnamese Lunar New Year offers guests the opportunity to partake in contemporary and traditional Vietnamese culture to welcome the start of another year. This two-day festival includes live musical performances, a cultural village art display, a kid’s center with games and crafts and a Vietnamese traditional dress “ao dai” fashion show. Local food vendors and cooking demonstrations by restaurant Bun & Oc will also be available.

A new addition to the festival is a free health clinic , 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., on both festival days. A partnership between Tết in Seattle and Swedish Medical Center, Medical Teams International and Vietnam Health Clinic supports the free medical, dental and vision offerings. For more information, click here.

For more information on specific festival activities, visit tetinseattle.org or https://www.facebook.com/TetInSeattle/

Newly added to the Festál series this year is the “Alaska Airlines Fly Away Giveaway.” Guests who obtain a passport inside Seattle Center Armory or by downloading online can collect stamps by attending festivals to be entered to win round-trip air travel for two to the Alaska Airlines destination of their choice. Each stamp is an entry to win; the more Festál events attended and stamps collected, the higher the odds of winning! More information at seattlecenter.com/festal.

Seattle Center Festál highlights the culturally rich communities who shape the character of our region. Although the series began in 1997, some of the participating festivals took place earlier in their own ethnic communities. Now, Seattle Center serves as a central place, where festivals invite the public to join in their unique cultural expression. This year’s theme, “Love, Peace and Understanding,” is woven throughout 24 free, ethnic cultural festivals. In a time of divisive national rhetoric, Festál celebrates our shared humanity to build connections, tear down stereotypes and create trust.

Seattle Center Festál is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Tết In Seattle (T-I-S). Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, tetinseattle.org and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

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